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Verizon Offers HTC Thunderbolt for $149 to Select Customers (Updated)

Any of you not pick up an HTC Thunderbolt yet, but have been wanting to for a week now?  Now might be a good time.  Verizon is sending the email you are seeing above, to select customers (possibly DROIDX and Pro owners) which offers them a TBolt for $149 after an instant $100 discount.  The deal doesn’t appear to be regional and could be just going to those with an upgrade available now or at least in the near future.  No matter what though, this would be a good thing to print out and show your local store if you are in the market for the first 4G LTE phone on Verizon.

Oh, and this deal is not available on-line, but a sales number was offered up:  800.437.6132

Update:  We’re hearing now that this could be a regional deal, possibly around Chicago only.  If you were able to get this deal outside of Chicago, please let us know.  A VZW supervisor also wanted to point out that we made this deal go “viral.”  Classic.  +1 to all of you.

Cheers David!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4NMLKKGXEWXBPPARHKT3DYCAD4 Marcus D

    Verizon did the same thing for the Storm 2. Ended up getting it for dirt cheap on a 1 year plan. Great deal – if you can get it, take advantage man…take advantage.

  • Rousellbrandon

    Just ordered mine was offered 149 2yr but took 1yr for 229. Rep made it seem like it had something to do with my employee discount. I stay I new Orleans.

  • Anarchycustomz

    thanks droid-life just called got a 100 credit told them i got this email and i bought my thunderbolt 6 days ago

  • http://profiles.google.com/keith.alston83 Roger Alston

    Well I called and spoke with a rep, that offer is for the Chi and LA regions

  • Tfox01

    The small print reads New 2-yr “activation” & data plan required. Key word may be activation. Marketing at it’s best. Is this for new customers only or can existing customer receive this deal.

  • Firestopper505

    well i just noticed its showing for 199.99 on a two year imagine that i paid 268. for mine, so this is going to be interesting since i just returned mine today and then got recharged the same thing.

  • Larry

    I’m not too upset i don’t qualify for this. I’d need to root and put on tethering to watch bball on my xoom, and it seems like the DroidX is just better right now. There’s actually nothing wrong with X to force me to up. So in a few months when whatever else is out i’ll try again :)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

    I think im going to wait, i’ve been hearing about issues with the 4G and i dont even get it in my city so whats the point, just interested in the phone itself but nah . . not until my signal issues are resolved :) I am grateful for the tech from verizon that has never failed to e-mail me back when i have a question .. .so thats it for me

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

    I think im going to wait, i’ve been hearing about issues with the 4G and i dont even get it in my city so whats the point, just interested in the phone itself but nah . . not until my signal issues are resolved :) I am grateful for the tech from verizon that has never failed to e-mail me back when i have a question .. .so thats it for me

  • Synapserepair

    I was offered this price online only. Pulled up my pricing in store to show the mgr, but he refused to honor it. So I bought it online. Anyway, I’ve been having nothing but trouble with mine since I got it. It drops data signal all over & is actually performing slower than my DX. Was told 4g in my area by manager. Lie. Not sure if I’m going to keep it.

  • Chris Nimon

    oops, that didnt work

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T6MLO2VQWBMAPYRKIDW2IZEZM4 sammyw2008

    Hey guys, I just went to the Verizon store in my town and they are going to honor the price for me. Now I have a tough decision to make, buy the TB and get grandfathered in at the $29.99 4G data price or keep my Droid X and risk paying more for 4G later when I want to buy another phone… Please help me decide!!!

    • Stephen

      Lucky, I just asked my local store and they said they would not honor or price match anything…

  • TJ Walsh

    I just tried to get this deal in Central Illinois. The most they would offer was $40 off the phone. I was told it was a West Coast Business Promotion. Still, $40 off isn’t bad. I’m thinking about it.

  • http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/writingculture/author/alofters/ alofters

    I’m so upset I didn’t know about this! I upgraded to the thunderbolt from the motorola droid 1 for $250 I feel ripped off!

  • http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/writingculture/author/alofters/ alofters

    I’m so upset I didn’t know about this! I upgraded to the thunderbolt from the motorola droid 1 for $250 I feel ripped off!

  • Joe

    This deal applies to whoever has NE2 credit redemption. It’s usually $50 but I’ve seen some people have $100 credit. It applies similarly to an upgrade; at a certain date, you are eligible for it and you will get discounted that credit amount when you make a phone purchase. Also, there are 2 types of upgrades to which you can purchase a new phone for the diminished price w/ 2y contract. There’s an annual upgrade (which many but not all are eligible for) and there’s the equipment upgrade (which starts when your new contract starts and you will be eligible in about 20-22 months). You can go to your local Verizon store to check if you are eligible or not.

    I work at a Verizon store. Most people that come in don’t even realize they have some upgrades they never even knew about. If you aren’t eligible for any type of upgrade/promo, then anyone that works at the Verizon store can tell you the exact dates when.

  • volta

    I recieved this email and I have a D1 since Jan of 2010 and live in Chicago.

  • Anonymous

    someone mind getting me the original image? I don’t think I qualify, but its worth a shot bringing a printout in to a local store since I am in the Chicago area for a few weeks for work. I couldn’t order one online cause I am traveling and they won’t ship to a hotel and didn’t want to pay 250 – so this would be perfect if it worked.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

      pass it on to me when you get it :) trying to get a couple of these as well . . .

    • http://theRamenNoodle.com/ Daniel J. Lewis

      Likewise! I’ll try taking this cut-off image in, after I had called Verizon.

  • Karl0528

    I’ve had droid x since July when I switched to VZW, I called today and sure enough I do qualify for it. The best option is to call your local store however I couldn’t get it yet because it looks like VZW’s computer system is down nationwide, lets hope they call me back tonight!

  • Karl0528

    I’ve had droid x since July when I switched to VZW, I called today and sure enough I do qualify for it. The best option is to call your local store however I couldn’t get it yet because it looks like VZW’s computer system is down nationwide, lets hope they call me back tonight!

  • RatGirl SoCal

    Not so sure this was regional. I got something similar in my email in the Greater Los Angeles area because I am due for an upgrade on my Modem device. They offered the modem for free, but the HTC was $249 in my offer. I did get to play with the upcoming LG LTE phone today though =) and at this point I am going to patiently wait till June or July. The Bionic is going to be dual core and it should come out in June. By then, hopefully they will have all the battery issues solved.

  • Yatman60

    I called Verizon on a whim and they told me it was an erroneous email that was sent out to certain random customers.

  • Anonymous

    Just called to try and get this. Woman was EXTREMELY nice, and listened me to talk for the longest time. But alas, their systems in Ohio are down due to storms. I asked if tomorrow would be better to call back and she said “that’s probably a safe bet.”

    Attempt 2 tomorrow. B)

  • Juzblaze

    if you still have a NE2 credit this is how you get this deal. They are only sending these letters to people who have a $100 NE2 credit. SO if you had paid a $110 on asingle line plan not including data you got this credit and if you were paying for a 2000 min. Fam share plan or higher the primary line got this $100 credit. they got it because they paid for it through there higher priceplan. for all you $9.99 lines you don’t get it nor deserve it. ask your sales person near you.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

    think its time to start forwarding some e-mails :)
    feel free . . .

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

    think its time to start forwarding some e-mails :)
    feel free . . .

  • D2enigma

    Just got the phone with that deal. Had very tough time getting it approved, but worked out at the end.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

      so did you just call in and ask for an upgrade and then mention the price or did you get an e-mail . . i tried once since they had told me i could upgrade all this year and get a new every 2 price. The rep said all she could do was 249.99 . . .

  • Mike

    I live in the Charlotte, NC area and tried to get it over the phone and in store. I am 3 months out from end of contract and I am in a 4G area but in store didn’t know about it and said it had to be with a new every 2 discount or it wasn’t even real. Customer service in Franklin, TN didn’t know about it but offered to only charge me my $59.99 base next month instead of the $149 I usually pay every month with my two lines and add ons (data, txt and such) if I wanted to upgrade to a new Thunderbolt, so in essence I could get it for $160 with the discount on next months bill.

  • Anonymous

    One of my friends from Verizon Wireless Customer Council and he got a similar email except his special price was $99.99 instead of $149.99. The image in his email had an additional line that said “-$50 Exclusive Discount” under the line that said “-$100 Additional Discount” so his offer was for $150 off the $249.99 price.

  • John

    I got this email this is not regional unless I got mine by mistake. I’m in So Cal and got them to honor after several phone calls being on hold for 15+ mins and several transfers and forwarding the email. They do charge tax on the FULL RETAIL so it’s $150 – $30 (I had an additional discount on my email saying exclusive $30 off) + ($600 x tax) = $172.XX.

  • Rick607

    According to Verizon’s promotions department, this email was sent out to a handful of customers in NYC, Chicago and San Francisco.

  • Jacob

    do you get a email???

  • Anonymous

    Certainly no shortage of TBs out there. I got a DX last September and Verizon offered me a TB for $200. Unfortunately, the reviews have not been good, and the battery life is supposed to be poor. My DX will last me over 24 hours on a charge with 3G, and wifi on live wallpaper, and lots of apps running in the background. Its still very fast even with live wallpaper on. I think VZW is looking to sell as many TBs as possible before the dual core phones come out in a few months.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

    I called the number, said it was for Chicago area only, and you must have the email. I’m not in Chicago :(

  • Anonymous

    Mybe I’ll get it at the end of the year. 4G in upstate NY in Sept-Nov!

    • Byork83

      upstate NY already has 4g. Using it right now

      • Anonymous

        Really? I’ve heard nothing except for an email I got from Verizon. And by Upstate NY I mean Albany/Schenectady/Troy area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brenda-Cisneros-Salinas/100001829477027 Brenda Cisneros-Salinas

    I was actually looking into getting one of these :) Im going from a Droid 1, but i started having issues so verizon sent me a replacement Droid 2, which i like, but it is very glitchy i dont know if its because its refurb, i didnt pay anything for it so i was happy about that.
    If i could get my hands on a thunderbolt that would be nice, the rep told me before we hung up that even though i wasnt eligible for upgrade they would do it just not on the Iphone ( i quietly laughed), and told her i would think about it.
    Is it still worth it if we dont get 4G in my area (Texas)!

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

    Old news

  • http://www.techstify.com R Carroll

    it’s regional offer for 4g markets, done by phone / area ..

  • Coder J

    Just a heads up; I was able to get the phone for $149 and I am not in Chicago (Southeastern CT, actually). I belong to a company with a corporate account with Verizon Wireless, so I got the corporate price for the TB ($199) plus my $50 upgrade credit ($149 now).

    I was also lucky enough, due to my wife’s recent upgrade, to get the $10/unlimited data deal. Next bill should be considerably lower now (not sub-$100, but probably less than what we were paying even when we both had Razr’s with no data and limited messaging).

  • Mrbroscious

    Just ordered mine. Yeah! Total was $158. Had to do it online. I never received an email. I just checked the price online and it showed the discount

  • Anonymous

    I called politely and tried.. reason is I’m 4 months away from an early upgrade and my Original Droid is broken.. answer was nope! They and the V Store “tsk tsk” me for not getting the insurance.. only option from them is to buy a pre-owned original, discontinued Droid for $289!! or a new smartphone for the full retail of the $500 range.. sad for me. Have checked on local Craigslist and peope are selling ODs with “clean ASN” for the $100 price range.. I know it’s going to be a pig in a poke, but that’s what I’ll probably do.

    • Mike

      add a line and get 2 year pricing…duh

      insurance is a ripoff. the deductible is so close to 2 year pricing that I would choose to add a line EVERY TIME over getting a refurb insurance replacement.

  • Anonymous

    does Viral mean that they’ll honor it everywhere? doubtful.